For two decades, Elaine Hum has been a leader and active voice in the cybersecurity field. She has worked with government, not-for-profit, academic, and industry leaders to advise, govern, and strategically steer cybersecurity policy. Most recently, Elaine was recognized by IT World Canada’s list of Top Women in Cybersecurity for 2023, which celebrates the achievements of 20 women who are surpassing expectations in the field of cybersecurity.
Elaine is passionate about fostering cybersecurity talent. In her current role as Director, she was instrumental in creating a Cybersecurity Partnership Program – a unique strategy centered on attracting diverse talent from a variety of equity-deserving groups. She regularly designs engagement sessions to help educate students on cybersecurity awareness, concepts, and careers and advises on cybersecurity curriculum for a variety of academic institutions. She is also a regular collaborator on innovative research and development projects with cybersecurity hubs and consortiums.
Elaine began her cybersecurity career at a banking association where she provided analysis and advice on cybersecurity, operational resilience, and business continuity issues. Furthermore, Elaine also managed the annual industry cybersecurity conference for 13 years, hosting IT security professionals in the financial industry.
Elaine is a regular contributor at various cybersecurity forums as a speaker and panelist on addressing the cybersecurity talent shortage. Elaine’s greatest passion is giving back to the community. She is an active volunteer, serving as mentor in a women in technology program, and coaching a STEM graduate. She is also an advisory board member for cybersecurity hubs, academic institutions and non-profit diverse organizations.